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Reason why Chelsea played PL game wearing Coventry’s away kit in 1997



Reason why Chelsea played PL game wearing Coventry's away kit in 1997

In April 9th 1997, Chelsea played Coventry City away in a Premier League match at Highfield Road but the Blues didn’t wear their traditional blue kit or their away kit.

Coventry, the home side, played in their traditional light blue kit and Chelsea travelled for the game with only their Blue home kits. The referee felt that the two home kits clashed and subsequently, the kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes to resolve the matter.

Since the Blues didn’t have their away kit with them, they were given two options – wear the red and black checked away kit of Coventry or forfeit the match. Obviously, Ruud Gullit’s side took the former option but they lost the game 3-1 despite taking the lead.

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